1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,2Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?3Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.4The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.5And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.6My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them .7Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;8As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;9Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;10Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.11For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.12As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.13And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.14I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.15I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.16I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.17And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.18Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?19And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.20Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.21Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;22Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.23And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.24And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it .25And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.26And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.27And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.28And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.29And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.30Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD.31And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.
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Prophecy Against the Shepherds of Israel
1The word of the Lord came to me:2“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? (Jer 23:1; Eze 2:1; Eze 34:8; Eze 34:10; 2Co 12:14; Jud 1:12)3You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. (Mic 3:2; Zec 11:4; Zec 11:16)4The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. (Ex 1:13; Eze 34:3; Eze 34:16; Eze 34:21; Mt 18:12; Lu 15:4; 1Pe 5:3)5So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; (1Ki 22:17; Jer 50:7; Jer 50:17; Mt 9:36)6they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them. (Eze 34:11)7“Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:8As I live, declares the Lord God, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, (Eze 16:48; Eze 34:22)9therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:10Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them. (Eze 3:18; Eze 13:8; Eze 13:21; Eze 34:2; Eze 34:8; Zec 11:8; Heb 13:17)
The Lord God Will Seek Them Out
11“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. (Mic 4:6; Lu 19:10; Joh 10:11)12As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. (Eze 30:3; Joe 2:2; Zep 1:15)13And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. (Eze 6:2; Eze 11:17)14I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. (Ps 23:2; Isa 32:18; Jer 33:12; Joh 10:9)15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. (Isa 40:11; Eze 34:14; Eze 34:23)16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. (Isa 10:16; Eze 34:4; Eze 34:20; Am 4:1; Mic 4:6)17“As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats. (Eze 20:38; Eze 34:20; Eze 34:22; Zec 10:3; Mt 25:32)18Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? (Eze 32:14)19And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have muddied with your feet?20“Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.21Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, (De 33:17; Eze 34:4; Da 8:4)22I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. (Eze 34:8)23And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. (2Sa 5:2; Ps 78:71; Jer 23:4; Eze 34:15; Eze 37:22; Eze 37:24; Mic 5:4; Mic 7:14; Joh 10:11; Joh 10:16)24And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken. (Ex 29:45; Le 26:12; Eze 17:24; Eze 37:27)
The Lord’s Covenant of Peace
25“I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. (Le 26:6; Isa 11:6; Isa 35:9; Isa 54:10; Eze 37:26; Eze 38:8; Eze 38:14; Eze 39:26; Ho 2:18)26And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. (Ge 12:2; Le 26:4; Isa 19:24; Eze 22:24; Zec 8:13; Mal 3:10)27And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. (Le 26:4; Jer 30:8; Eze 6:7; Eze 34:25; Eze 36:30)28They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. (Eze 34:22; Eze 34:25)29And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. (Isa 60:21; Isa 61:3; Eze 32:24; Eze 36:29)30And they shall know that I am the Lord their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord God. (Eze 34:24)31And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.” (Ps 74:1; Ps 100:3; Joh 10:16)